Meet Our Staff
Heather Premo (Owner/Operations Director) – I have worked with children in childcare since 1995. Throughout my years I have been able to experience and respect all of the different positions in Early Childhood Education. I attended San Jose State University on a softball scholarship, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. It was during this time that my love for children further blossomed.
As a director since January 2002, of two large franchised schools and now Milestones; I have experienced all of the ins and outs of what the standards in childcare should be. Throughout my years as a director, my admiration for the field of Early Childhood Education has continued to grow. We pride ourselves on creating a positive school atmosphere with a “Home away from home” feel. As a mother of two beautiful children I understand the importance of families having a nurturing environment for their little ones. We are truly blessed to be an important part of the growth and development of each individual child at our school. We look forward to your family being a part of our family.
Cody Premo (Owner/Classroom Support Director) – I have dedicated my professional career to helping children and teenagers. In 2005, I graduated from The University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. My experience comes from working in juvenile corrections, teaching Kindergarten and clinical case management. Throughout the years I have worked with children from 2 to 18 years old.
I have four years of experience as a Kindergarten teacher, specializing in children diagnosed with behavioral disorders. I then worked as a clinical case manager for two years for an agency that provided therapeutic outpatient services. I believe the combination of experience between Heather and I are the foundation of Milestones Learning Center.
Ms. Jackie (Infant/Toddler Director) – I have worked in the early childhood field since 2006. I have always had a passion for teaching young children and love seeing them reach different milestones. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, after completing my degree I rediscovered my love of working in the classroom with children and continued working in a classroom setting focusing on ages 0-3 years, with the majority of my experience being with 12 months – 2 year old’s. When I came to Milestones I decided to work at the administrative side and started here as an Administrative Assistant in June of 2018. Upon the opening of the new school in 2020 I have taken on a new role focusing on the curriculum for the infant through toddler classrooms.
Outside of work I am a mom of 2 young children and spend a lot of time hanging out with my little family. I enjoy reading, binge watching Netflix shows, and finding new things to go do with my kids. I look forward to getting to know all the new families entering the school and helping your children have a fun and exciting introduction to school.
Joined our team: June 2018
Nikki Olsen (Preschool Director) – I started my career in the early childhood field in 1998 working with infants. This is when I fell in love with the field and decided to pursue my degree in Early Child Education. I have a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Human Development and Family Studies. Throughout my years as a teacher I worked with children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. After 15 years in the classroom I decided it was time for a change, which lead me to Milestones as their Education Director. This allows me to continue to be active with the kids, as well as to work alongside teachers to develop a quality curriculum for our program. I believe all children have the right to learn in a hands-on, loving and safe environment.
In my spare time I love to hang out with my beautifully energetic daughter. I also love adventure of any kind. I enjoy traveling, really to anywhere I have never been. I also enjoy running, hiking, being outdoors, reading and spending time with family and friends. I look forward to getting to know each of our families and to being a part your child’s beginning education.
Joined our team: September 2012
Ms. Bree (Classroom Support Mentor) – I am a mother of two very busy boys that brighten my days. I am currently working towards a degree in Early Childhood Education, and I have worked in the field for over ten years. I enjoy working with children and seeing how they absorb new information. I love their innocence on how they view the world and the people around them. I enjoy teaching the many different personalities of each individual child as well as building relationships with their families. I look forward to working together as a team, to help your child succeed.
Joined our team: October 2012
Ms. Andrea (Administrative Assistant) – I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and moved to Reno when I was 6 years old. I have worked in the Early Childhood Education field for the last 8 years. I absolutely love teaching and have taught all preschool ages and have been an Assistant Director as well. I am currently finishing my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I have two cats, Luna and Malina, who I consider my furr babies. On the weekends I like going disc golfing, visiting Lake Tahoe, and spending time with my friends and family! I am excited to be a part of the Milestones team and I look forward to the relationships that will be built.
Joined our team: January 2020
Ms. Elaine (Administrative Assistant) – I grew up in Tipperary, Ireland. I came to the United States to be an AuPair for a family in Reno, NV that had four children. I have over ten years of experience working with children from infants to ten years old. Before coming to the United States, I worked at a preschool in Ireland for 3.5 years. I have a two year degree from Ireland in Early Childhood Education and have taken classes at TMCC to continue my education.
I met my husband when I came to America and since then we have had three children; two of which are twins. My children are the center of my world! One day, I would like to open my own pre-school. I love working at Milestones because it is a fun loving place to work.
Joined our team: July 2017
Ms. Edith (Lead Teacher: “Buntings” 6 weeks to 6 months) – I was born in Lancaster California but moved to Reno when I was 3 years old. I love boxing, hiking, cooking and baking. I have four dogs and a bearded dragon. I received 26 college credits in Early Childhood Education while attending high school. I have over five years of experience working with children six weeks to five years old. I love working with kids and watching them grow. I am currently working on my Bachelor’s degree and once I am done, plan to continue my education and pursue a Master’s in Human Development and Family Studies.
Joined our team: September 2018
Ms. Melissa (Assistant Teacher: “Buntings” 6 weeks to 6 months) – I grew up in Reno. I am currently going to UNR pursuing a degree in Psychology. I love spending time with friends and family. I have two years of previous experience as a lead teacher from another facility where I worked with children ages infants to five year old. I love working at Milestones because the kids are amazing and I like watching them grow.
Joined our team: October 2018
Ms. Gloria (Assistant Teacher: “Buntings” 6 weeks to 6 months) – I was born in Orange County CA and raised in Reno NV. My hobbies are reading, watching movies, drawing and listening to music. I have over six years of experience working with children between ages three months to seven years old. Previously, I was a nanny and an assistant teacher in an infant classroom at another facility. I plan to eventually finish college and travel abroad to do volunteer work. I enjoy working at Milestones because of the warm and welcoming staff, parents and children.
Joined our team: August 2019
Ms. Becki (Lead Teacher: “Goslings” 6 months to 12 months) – I have worked with infants in a preschool setting for two years. I am a mother of two wonderful daughters and an incredible son. Spending time with my children and husband is very important to me. Working in the field of Early Childhood Development, is very enjoyable and rewarding. Each day I am able to see them change and grow into independent little ones. I feel that providing a loving and nurturing environment, where a child feels safe is what really matters most. I am very excited to be a part of the Milestones family.
Joined our team: September 2012
Ms. Melana (Assistant Teacher: “Goslings” 6 months to 12 months) – I was born in Carson City and moved to Reno in the 8th grade. In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym, camping and binge watching new TV shows. I graduated from high school at 16 years old and immediately started working in childcare. I have worked in childcare for 2 years from infants to school age children. My future plans are to finish college and become a teacher. I enjoy working at Milestones because the administration really cares for their staff.
Joined our team: June 2019
Ms. Carissa (Assistant Teacher: “Goslings” 6 months to 12 months) – I grew up in Washington state and Reno. I like doing makeup, reading, and watching scary movies. I love photography, animals, and hanging out with my family and going to the lake. I really want to travel in the future. I have been a nanny for 5 years with children as young as 4 weeks to 3 years old. I also started babysitting when I was 13 years old. I love working with babies. They make each day fun and interesting and I love watching their personalities develop.
Joined our team: August 2017
Ms. Yessi (Lead Teacher: “Chickadees” 12 months to 18 months) – I was born in Sparks, NV and lived here for most of my life. During two years of my childhood I was able to experience living in Mexico. I enjoy working out, running, painting, reading and spending time with my two Jack Russel Terriers.
In high school I learned many leadership skills during my time as captain of the soccer team. I am currently a sophomore at UNR pursuing my degree in Social Work. I would eventually like to get my Master’s degree so that I can open my own practice assisting families with addictions. I have worked with children for over two years; most of my experience is working with children from one to three years old. I love working with kids because they are amazing and I enjoy watching them grow and learn new things every day.
Joined our team: March 2019
Ms. Nikita (Assistant Teacher: “Chickadees” 12 months to 18 months) – My hometown is Reno, Nevada. In my spare time I enjoy dancing, music, reading and binge watching Netflix. I have attended TMCC and UNR; working towards a degree in Business and Child Development. In the future I would like to meet the qualifications for a Director’s license, and due to my love of dancing; become a Choreographer & Dance Instructor.
I have really enjoyed my time at Milestones because everyone is so welcoming and I am able to expand on my past knowledge of working with pre toddlers and toddlers.
Joined our team: January 2020
Ms. Rita (Lead Teacher: “Starlings” 18 months to 24 months) –I was born and raised in Reno. I love traveling, spending time with my family and snuggling with my cats. I received my Bachelors in Psychology in 2017 from UNR. I have wanted to be a teacher since I was a small child. I babysat as a teen, worked as a summer camp counselor, a nanny, and most recently an early childhood teacher. I am looking forward to starting my Masters and starting a family of my own. I love working at Milestones because I love socially, emotionally and academically enriching the lives of the children I teach.
Joined our team: July 2018
Ms. Catherine (Assistant Teacher: “Starlings” 18 months to 24 months) – I grew up in Southern California and recently moved to Reno. I love skiing, reading, playing the guitar and hiking. My bachelor’s degree is in Psychology from Cal Poly Ponoma. While pursuing my degree, I also took a lot of Early Childhood Education classes. I eventually want to work with children who have behavioral and mental health disabilities. Milestones is a good fit for me because of the experience I will gain and I love how passionate the staff are with the children.
Joined our team: September 2019
Ms. Morgan N. (Lead Teacher: “Pewees” 2 years to 2.5 years) – I was born in Southern California but was raised in Nevada City, California. My hobbies include: running, yoga, hiking, cooking, baking, reading, traveling and spending time with my family and big cat. I have been working with children for eight years, as a camp counselor, nanny, Au Pair, preschool teacher and behavioral technician with children ages ranging from six weeks to sixteen years old. During my time as an Au Pair I lived in both Australia and Italy. When I originally went to school I focused on Sociology however I now plan to complete my Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education. Through my experience I have also worked with children diagnosed with Autism and behavioral disorders where I received specialized training. I look forward to building a strong relationship with the Milestones families.
Joined our team: December 2019
Ms. Brenda B. (Assistant Teacher: “Pewees” 2 years to 2.5 years) – I was born in Reno, Nevada. I have always had a passion for teaching and being with kids. I am currently attending TMCC to get my Early Childhood Education and Business degree. My hope is that one day I will be a Kindergarten Teacher. I have 7 years experience of working with children. I have a wonderful son named Zack who always makes my day worthwhile. On my spare time I like to draw and read but I most of all love spending time with my son.
Joined our team: March 2016
Ms. Alin (Lead Teacher: “Finches” 2.5 years to 3 years) – I grew up in Battle Mountain, Nevada. I enjoy baking, making clothing and quilting. I love spending time with my husband and our three amazing kids! Prior to coming to Milestones, I babysat for over ten years and was previously a preschool teacher with four and five year olds for about six months. Someday I would like to own a preschool or bakery. I look forward to getting to know the families at Milestones and enhancing my experience in the field.
Joined our team: December 2019
Ms. Makayla (Assistant Teacher: “Finches” 2.5 years to 3 years) – I grew up in a small town in California named Albany. My hobbies are reading and photography. I have about a year’s previous experience working in a preschool before coming to Milestones. I would like to begin working towards my college degree and major in Early Childhood Education to become a certified teacher. I love being at Milestones because I have always loved working with children and I get to do it every day.
Joined our team: November 2017
Ms. Jennifer (Assistant Teacher: “Finches” 2.5 years to 3 years) – I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. I spent a few years living in Scottsdale, Arizona but returned home to family. I have many hobbies that I enjoy such as camping, fishing, make-up artistry, crafts, and most of all; performing magic shows for children. I volunteer a lot of my time in the community for Veterans of Northern Nevada.
Aside from being a mother, I have almost twenty years of experience working with children of all ages. I have been a Sunday school administrator, personal nanny, preschool teacher, and owned my own in-home daycare for five years. In the future I would like to be an elementary school teacher for the district. I enjoy working at Milestones because it is a family friendly environment with supportive teachers, staff and owners.
Joined our team: March 2020
Ms. Shanette (Lead Teacher: “Pipits” 3 years to 3.5 years) – I have worked in child care for 11 years as a Teacher, Infant Toddler Center Director, and Preschool Owner. I am currently working on a degree in Early Childhood Education. I have two children of my own; one boy and one girl. Working with children is my passion. To see their smiling faces when they accomplish something new is enough to remind me why I love working in this field. I am so excited to be a part of the Milestones family. I look forward to getting to know new families and being their child’s teacher.
Joined our team: August 2013
Ms. Mandi (Assistant Teacher: “Pipits” 3 years to 3.5 years) – I grew up in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina and recently relocated to Reno. I love reading fantasy novels, writing, drawing, playing the ukulele, riding my bike and playing Pokémon Go. I have two years of experience as an assistant teacher in a preschool and have also tutored first grade students. My long term goal is to continue working with children as an ESL teacher. While my Bachelor’s degree is in English I have taken several education classes from Appalachian State University. I enjoy working at Milestones because they create an environment where you truly feel like family, and they put a lot of thought and care into making sure the children feel at home as well.
Joined our team: September 2019
Ms. Katlyn (Lead Teacher: “Wrens” 4 years to 4.5 years) – I grew up in Brooksville Florida and moved to Reno in 2012. I love drawing, painting, and photography. I graduate from Reed High School this spring and then plan on continuing my education at UNR to become a teacher. I previously worked at a preschool with 4 and 5 year olds for two years. I have also coached gymnastics with 5 to 13 year olds. I love being at Milestones because we have a fun loving staff that all enjoys what we do.
Joined our team: October 2017
Ms. Jenna (Assistant Teacher: “Wrens” 4 years to 4.5 years) – I grew up in Sparks, Nevada and graduated from Spanish Springs High School. Throughout high school I played softball. I also enjoy painting, listening to music, hiking and watching movies. San Francisco is my favorite city to visit but someday I would love to live in Oregon. Through working in childcare I have found that I want to be a teacher and am currently pursuing my degree to become an Elementary School Teacher. I have worked in childcare for over a year and a half and I love that I always leave with a smile on my face.
Joined our team: October 2019
Ms. Morgan (Lead Teacher: “Puffins” 4.5 years to 5 years) – I was born and raised in the Reno/Sparks area. I graduated from The Academy of Arts, Careers, and Technology in 2014. I am currently attending the University of Nevada Reno and am in my sophomore year. I am majoring in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Agriculture and intend on teaching at the high school level. I have previous experience working in a child care facility and many years of babysitting. I have worked in a few different fields and realized that teaching and working with children are my passions.
Joined our team: September 2015
Ms. Tarynn (Lead Teacher: “Falcons”4.5 years to 5 years) – I grew up here in Reno NV and graduated from Reno High. I attended Arizona State University to study Anthropology before moving back to Reno in 2012. I was a nanny for a family for over 2 years and took care of their children aged 6 months to 3 years old. I have also worked many years as a private babysitter for children ages 6 months to 10 years old. I love spending time with family and friends, taking my dog out for hikes in the Reno-Tahoe area and traveling whenever I get the chance. I hope to continue developing my teaching skills at Milestones while taking classes part time at the University. I love being a part of the Milestones Family and being able to come into work every day, greeted by so many beautiful and friendly faces. The children have let me be a part of their world and always bring a smile to my face. They make the days fly by.
Joined our team: June 2016
Ms. Liz (Assistant Teacher: “Falcons” 4.5 years to 5 years) – I was born and raised in Reno NV. I love to paint and to play soccer; I played for over thirteen years through college. I have over seven years of experience as a teacher working with children of all ages but most of my experience is with pre-toddlers. I was the lead teacher of the 18-24 month classroom at Milestones for over a year. I left to pursue a different career but realized how much I loved teaching so I decided to come back to Milestones. My future plan is to continue my education in Child Psychology and Social Work to become either a Child Psychologist or Social Worker. I love working at Milestones because they give their all to the kids, which I admire greatly.
Joined our team: October 2017
Ms. Callie (Youth Program: “Eagles” 5 years to 12 years) – I grew up in Lovelock, NV. I moved to Reno to attend UNR with the plan of becoming an elementary school teacher. In my spare time I enjoy painting, hiking, and physical activity. I coached softball for 14, 15 and 16 year olds for a year. I also have experience babysitting for children ages 2 to 5 year olds for about a year. Milestones is a fun place to work because of the high energy.
Joined our team: June 2019
Ms. Tania (Youth Program: “Eagles” 5 years to 12 years) – TBA
Joined our team: May 2020
Ms. Patty (Teacher Aide) – I grew up in Reno and enjoy traveling, gardening, and spending time with my dog. I am a retired pharmacy technician. I started working in child care in 1989 and taking early childhood education classes. I have worked for over 44 years in childcare, working with mostly infants and toddlers. I strive to be the best I can be and love watching the children learn and grow.
Joined our team: June 2019
Ms. Amber (Kitchen Attendant) – I grew up in San Bernardino County and moved to Reno as an adult. In my pastime I enjoy reading and spending quality time with my two daughters. Aside from being a mom, I have worked with children in the church setting. I enjoy working at Milestones because of the family-like environment and working in the kitchen allows me to seek new creativity. Fun fact: I can wiggle my ears.
Joined our team: February 2020
*All employees at Milestones have been cleared through the Washoe County Sheriff Department and Washoe County Social Services, regarding a background check.
Within 90 days, all employees receive training and certificates in: CPR/First Aide, Child Abuse & Neglect Recognition, SIDS, Communicable Disease, 3 hours of Child Development and a Child Nutrition Obesity course.
Within 120 days, all employees receive training and certificates in: Prevention of Baby Shaken Syndrome, Building and Physical Premises Safety, Emergency Preparedness, Medication Administration and Food Allergies, and Transportation Safety.
In addition to this, teachers at Milestones must complete 24 hours of Early Childhood Education each licensing year.